Breakthrough in payment of social grants

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The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Comprehensive Social Security says an integrated payment system for the payment of social grants will be in place by the end of March 2018.

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe, appointed IMC chair by President Jacob Zuma two days ago, made the announcement when briefing the joint meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on Wednesday.

The briefing was to review points of impasse between the South African Social Security Agency and the South African Post Office.

The IMC met on Tuesday to consider progress on the implementation of the Constitutional Court orders relating to the payment of social grants. At the same meeting, the National Treasury confirmed the hybrid model for the payment of grants, the Minister said.

.“The IMC reaffirms its commitment to implement the Constitutional Court Orders through the deployment of all necessary resources to achieve the implementation of new system by end of March 2018,” Radebe said.
“The IMC also reassures all South Africans and in particular, the social grant beneficiaries, that no card will expire on 31 December 2017.” – SAnews.gov.za

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